National Geographic and "Brand America"

Gary Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, shows the dozens of different front-page covers of this month's National Geographic magazine, tailored to audiences around the globe.  The media company embraces freedom of thought and expression, a core American value, he asserted at First Monday Forum.

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Explaining Donald Trump to the World

Thursday, December 1st 2016

Remarks at the Broadcasting Board of Governors public board meeting on November 30, 2016:

Mr. Chairman, Governors, ladies and gentlemen.

My name is Adam Clayton Powell III, and I am President of the Public Diplomacy Council and Director of Washington Programs for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy.  But these remarks today reflect only my views and not those of either organization.

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Adam Clayton Powell III

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Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and directs the Center's Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

BBG oversight of U.S. international broadcasting would end under new legislation

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

Jeff Shell, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, announced at today’s open board meeting that this could be the last meeting of the BBG board.

Under legislation introduced that was to be considered this afternoon, the BBG board members would only serve until the end of their terms – and all board members’ terms have already expired. That means there would be no board, effective immediately.

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Adam Clayton Powell III

Board member

Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and directs the Center's Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

Public diplomacy's changing profile - a view from Susan Stevenson

Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Susan Stevenson began her Foreign Service career at the U.S. Information Agency and adapted her craft to the Department of State, where she prospered.  Susan Stevenson is currently Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Public Affairs.  In this article, published earlier this month and repeated her with her permisision, she looks back over her career and the changes in world politics and media that have elevated the role of public diplomacy.

Susan Stevenson

Why Public Diplomacy Matters More than Ever

When I joined the United States Information Agency in 1992, public diplomacy was not seen as equal to other cones in the Foreign Service. My entry-level training class was separate from that of my State Department colleagues, with whom we interacted only twice: an overnight trip to Harper’s Ferry to simulate working in an embassy and our graduation ceremony in the Ben Franklin Room. State Department counterparts wondered if we public diplomacy officers had to take the Foreign Service Exam (we did) and whether we hadn’t scored as well. Early in my training, a State colleague learned I had an Ivy League degree and was surprised I hadn’t joined State instead, not knowing I had turned down three State offers before joining USIA.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Quotable: Erica Chenoweth on social media and immature social movements

Sunday, November 27th 2016

“. . . the turn to social media among popular movements has degraded the experience of participating. Activists and “clicktivists” might connect and pay attention to an issue for a short amount of time, but they often fail to engage fully in the struggle.”

 

Headline:     How Social Media Helps Dictators

 

Subhead:      It's been hailed as "liberation technology." But it has a darker side.

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Anton Shekhovtsov on clearly understanding Russian actions

Sunday, November 27th 2016

“The Russian authorities are vitally interested in promoting the idea of a new cold war with the west for domestic and foreign policy interests. . . . However, there are at least three significant differences between the Cold War period and the current situation.” 

 

Headline:     This is not a new Cold War

 

Subhead:      Fresh talk of a new Cold War between Russia and the west relies on outdated thinking and ignores new realities.

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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